Ralph C. Alexander

March 1, 1920 - July 10, 2011

Ralph C. Alexander McKinney, Texas passed away at the Medical Center of McKinney on July 10, 2011. Born in Tyler on March 1, 1920, he was 91 years old. He was raised in Dallas and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1939. Ralph was married to Eva Ellen Berry of McKinney in 1942. They were married for 38 years when she passed away in 1980. He is survived by two sons, Mitchell (Mickie) of McKinney and David of Columbia, Maryland, his wife Betsy, and grandsons Colin of Brooklyn, New York, and Jeremy of Atlanta, Georgia. After the death of Eva Ellen, he had a close companionship with the late Polly Watson of McKinney. He also leaves behind Tim and Karen Burnett (daughter of Polly Watson) and their children, Katy (and Tim Remington), Jordan, and Bryan who were a second family to him. Ralph was a dedicated employee who gave everything he had to his jobs. He worked at the John E. Mitchell Company in Dallas for 42 years, followed by Magnafab in Howe, and Metro Stone and OK Recycling in McKinney for an additional 20 years (until the age of 89 in 2008). He seemed ageless and was heard to say, “I’d go back to work today if I could find a job”. Ralph was a person with true grit. No matter what happened, he had a positive upbeat attitude and was always thinking of others. He said that his only regret in life was that he “didn’t have that one extra blueberry pancake.” Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel, in Allen, Texas. Interment will follow at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday evening, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

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I would like to express my sympathies to the family and friends. I hope that this wonderful promise found at Psalms 34:18 " Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart; And those who are crushed in spirit he saves." Will bring you comfort. Barb & Tom Layton, July 19, 2011 David, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a precious man. Prayers for all the family. Denice Burnside Webb, July 12, 2011 Dear Mickie, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May God bless all of you as you say goodbye to him. Hope you are doing well. I miss seeing you at WalMart. Mary Virginia Holcomb Dickerson, July 12, 2011 Dear David, I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your father. May God bless you with precious memories of your father. Lovingly, Dorothy Shaw, Class of '71 Dorothy Shaw, Class of '71, July 11, 2011 May mr. Alexander enjoy his rest before his new job. And god bless you, David, and may your burrnden be light. Valerie Vaughan Pressnll, July 11, 2011 David, I am so sorry about the loss of your father. May the Lord comfort you today and in the days to come. God bless you and your family. Charm Cameron, July 11, 2011 Dear David, I was so sorry to hear about your dad. He really sounds like someone it would have been my pleasure to know. I know he raised a good son that I am proud to call a friend. May God give you and your family peace and understanding at this time of need. My sincere sympathies, Judy Robinson Randolph Judy Robinson, July 11, 2011